[Related - Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships - 2011]

WordCamp Phoenix is coming on Feb 24-26 2012. I've been asked by a few people to submit a talk, and while I'd love to speak there ... it would require missing a day of work and traveling from Oregon to Arizona.

Basically, not something I can afford to do on my own.

I'm proposing that the Stack Exchange team sponsor my attendance and travel. In exchange, I'm more than happy to represent WordPress Answers at the event, answer questions for other attendees, and represent the community as part of the Genius Bar.

About WordCamp Phoenix

This particular WordCamp will take place in Chandler, AZ, just outside of Phoenix. It's a three-day conference featuring:

  • WordPress Classes on Friday
  • A progressive track schedule of speakers on Saturday
  • Advanced development topics on Sunday

Last year, WordCamp Phoenix had more than 600 attendees. The organizers hope to have as many or more attendees this time around.

What Would I Talk About?

After a few developers proposed the idea of me speaking, I asked for recommendations. The most popular of which seems to be making WordPress work with other systems - both integrating WP with external APIs and interacting with WordPress' API remotely.

Basically, teaching WordPress to "play nice with others."

What's in it for You?

Most WP developers know about the official forums over on WP.org. A few more know about Stack Overflow. While we've done a pretty good job of getting the word out thus far, "WordPress Answers" doesn't come up very often when developers are looking for answers about WordPress.

Having a presence at WordCamps is important - A presence at large WordCamps is even better.

In addition, I have a tendency to liveblog the conferences I attend. So when I'm not hacking code, helping other people learn to hack code, or giving my own talk, you'll have a direct view of everything happening at WordCamp.

Those of you who know me know how active I am on Twitter. In addition to being able to follow the talks through my liveblog, you'll be able to proxy your questions through me to other speakers and attendees.

What's in it for Me?

I haven't yet attended a WordCamp outside my home state of Oregon. But I'm fairly active in the community and I'm hoping for more opportunities to connect with other WordPress fans in real life

More Details

If you could provide more details about who the audience is for this conference, how you'd be willing/able to promote WP, and how WPA can benefit from the site, and any other info you think would sway our decision, that would be awesome.

Like all WordCamps, the audience is a collection of WordPress freelancers, WordPress developers, professional consultants, and end-users (bloggers). Then entire event is geared around promoting WP.

I would likely pitch WPA in personal conversations, hand out swag (if available), talk about WPA during hackathon sessions, and mention it during my proposed talk.

WPA would benefit primarily through exposure - telling new (and seasoned) developers about the site is the first step to gaining new users. New questions and new resources for answering those questions depend on our ability to:

  • gain new members
  • stay relevant to the WordPress ecosystem

So ... any questions? Concerns? Alternative talk topics?

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For an example of a proposal for SE help in order to attend a conference, please see this Programmers meta post. If you can say, "I can do XYZ for you, if you give me ABC," that puts you and us in a much better position. :) –  Aarthi Jan 6 '12 at 16:38
    
@Aarthi Thanks. See my revised proposal :-) –  EAMann Jan 6 '12 at 19:01
    
This looks awesome! If you could provide more details about who the audience is for this conference, how you'd be willing/able to promote WP, and how WPA can benefit from the site, and any other info you think would sway our decision, that would be awesome. :D –  Aarthi Jan 6 '12 at 19:42
    
No worries. Since it's a WP conf, I doubt promoting WP will be an issue. WPA will be easy enough to talk up during sessions, with users, etc. See my update above ... –  EAMann Jan 6 '12 at 20:16
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Right on. So now we're waiting to see how the WP community responds. :) –  Aarthi Jan 9 '12 at 23:24
    
I officially submitted my talk topic today - "Playing Nice With Others - Integrating WP with External APIs." Looking forward to hearing back both from the SE community and the WordCamp organizers. –  EAMann Jan 12 '12 at 18:17
    
I'll be contacting you soon about moving forward with this. :D –  Aarthi Jan 13 '12 at 0:36
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As one who has attended (and spoken) at a few WordCamps, I think this is a fantastic idea.

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I think this is a really, really great idea! It would be nice to see some more awareness of WPA, especially in the advanced users and beginning developers areas. Plus, I'd personally love to see @EAMann there.

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I'm pleased to be able to tell you that you've been approved to receive an SE sponsorship in order to attend this conference! We'll email you with further details. This sounds like a great opportunity for you and for the WPSE community! :D

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It would be great if WPSE sponsored EAMann's attendance.

Let's make it happen!

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